Arsene Wenger knows what kind of situation his club is in. Stuck six points behind Aston Villa, the Arsenal boss is aware that another misstep could see his club fall well off the pace to regain a spot in the Champions League qualifying round. He may have to pull out all the stops late in the season, but he’s not yet at that point where he’d be willing to risk it all — including the fitness of Arsenal’s best player.
Wenger has been working overtime recently trying to cool Cesc Fabregas’ itch to get back on the pitch with the first team. He said that while he’d love to have him for the Champions League round of 16, there’s no chance he’ll back back in time. He wants his star midfielder at 100 percent when he returns.
“(Cesc Fabregas) says he could play tomorrow, but I have to tell him it’s not possible. But the doctor tells him first,” said Wenger, who added that his captain was “itchy” to return but still would not figure in the Champions League return leg away at Roma on 11 March.
“But after the second leg he will not be far [from fitness] if it all goes well,” Wenger said. “Two or three weeks’ normal training. He can play now but a medial ligament takes six to eight weeks and if there is any contact then you can see what can happen.” (The Independent)
Fabregas seems to think he’s ready to come back, but if Eduardo’s recent injury showed him anything, it’s that you shouldn’t come rushing back from an injury expecting to play 90 minutes. For now he needs to continue working hard in practice.